Hikers Finds A Rare 2000-Year-Old Coin in Israeli

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Rare ancient Roman coin – the second of its kind known to exist at the present time – was discovered in Israel from the tourism authorities on Monday.

The coin has the image of Augustus, and dates back to 107 AD It is part of a series of nostalgic coins minted Emperor Trajan, and dedicated to the Roman emperors, who ruled before him.

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According to the Israeli Antiquities Authority, the only other such coin is now known that the world is in the British Museum in London.

Lori Rimon was camping with a group of friends in the eastern region of Galilee, when she noticed a shiny object in the grass.

Danny Syon, an expert coin of Israel Antiquities Authority, described the nearly 2,000-year-old coins as “Rare in the world.”

“On the reverse side, we have the characters of the Roman legions in the name of the ruler of Trajan, and the front, instead of the image of the Emperor Trajan, as is usually the case, there is a portrait of the Emperor” August deified, “” said Syon.

Donald T. Ariel, head of coin curator of Israel Antiquities said that the coin may be due to the presence of the Roman army in the area about 2,000 years ago, when efforts were made to subdue the supporters of Bar Kokhba (132-136, then) against the Roman Empire.

“Historical records describing the period, note that some Roman soldiers were paid high salaries of the three gold coins, which is equal to 75 silver coins, each payday,” said Ariel.

“Because of their high monetary value, the soldiers were able to buy the goods on the market of gold coins, as traders can not provide change for them,” he added.

While the bronze and silver coins of the emperor Trajan prevalent in the country, the gold coins are extremely rare. Until now, only two other gold coins of this emperor was registered in the state of treasures, but they can not be compared with new results as information about both of them are different.

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The Israel Antiquities reward travel Rimon certificate of appreciation for his good citizenship.

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